CLAIM: Video shows sanitation trucks surrounding Madison Square in New York to protect Trump from booing protesters.

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FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 file photo, sanitation and other utility trucks block off the streets around Madison Square Park as crowds and protesters gather for President Donald Trump's address to kick off the New York City's 100th annual Veterans Day parade in New York. (Judy Wolfe via AP)

THE FACTS: Sanitation trucks were lined up strategically around Madison Square Park when President Donald Trump spoke at the launch of the New York City Veterans Day Tribute on Nov. 11, but they were there for security purposes, a common occurrence at events that draw large crowds.

“Trash trucks surrounding Trump in Madison Square to protect him from the booing is the perfect metaphor,” stated a tweet with the video of the event, which was viewed more than 600,000 times.

Officials with the New York City Police Department and the Department of Sanitation confirmed to The Associated Press that sanitation trucks are often used for security at big events, including the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square. The trucks are used as “part of our counterterrorism overlay, not unique to this visit,” Lt. Eugene Whyte, of the NYPD's public information office, told the AP.

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